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Prk1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My notes are synced between my Mac and iPhone. While the rest of my iPad has synced with both, the notes on my Mac and iPhone have not Ben transferred to my iPad. How do I do that?

iPad, iOS 4
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    Connect your iPad to iTunes. Click on the iPad icon to get to the summary. Scroll down to where it shows the sync option for notes and make sure it is checked. Then do a sync.

    I've noticed that notes does not update "over the air" as claimed. You have to physically mount the iPad and do a sync. I think it is a MobilMe sync problem as it acts the same way on my iPhone.
  • alittle25 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If you are creating notes on your iPhone, be sure that under settings in notes you have it defaulted to iPhone instead of MobileMe. If you don't, the notes will not sync to your iPad once you connect it, as the notes are under MobileMe instead of physically on your Mac. I found that this was the reason that my notes were not syncing to the iPad. Once I switch the settings on the iPhone, the notes sync right onto the Mac and iPad when connected.
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    My notes sync properly when connected to iTunes. That is the problem. The notes are supposed to sync over the air via MobileMe but they don't. This has been a MobileMe problem for quite some time.
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    I'm confused about notes. Are we talking about notes that appear in the Notes app or in the Notes mailbox in the Mail app?

    Ken
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    The notes app shows the notes that you have on your Mac. These notes can be synced across all platforms (iPhone, iPad, etc.)
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    Yes, but shouldn't the Notes folder in the Mail app sync through MobileMe if that's where the folder is located?
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    Precisely. But it doesn't sync "over the air" the way MobileMe says it is supposed to do. I seem to recall people complaining about this from day one of MobileMe becoming active.
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    So, I should use the Notes app on the iPhone and the iPad. Both need to sync to my desktop via docking cable?
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    Are you talking about the Settings; I can only pick one of my email accounts for default notes, not the iPhone.

    "If you are creating notes on your iPhone, be sure that under settings in notes you have it defaulted to iPhone instead of MobileMe."
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    I am now getting notes to sync through MobileMe from my desktop Mail app Notes folder to my iPad Mail app (not to my iPad Note app).

    I can not get my iPhone Mail app to even see the MobileMe Notes folder.

    This is very frustrating.
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    I've just been doing some testing and the results are quirky, at best.

    To begin with, there is a distinction between the notes folder within Mac Mail and the notes which appear under the "Reminders" mailbox in Mac Mail. I use only the Reminders notes. The reason I do is because it is the only place where all notes are visible at one time regardless of the device.

    That said, I found an anomoly. Kenneth, when you said you selected the iPhone option in settings for notes it got me thinking. I don't ever recall seeing that option. I went on my phone and sure enough there is that setting. But, when you look on the iPad there is no corresponding option there. I think what I'm seeing is the difference between the new IOS4 on my 3gs iPhone and the old OS 3.1.1 on the iPad. The reason I think this is the case is because the default setting on my phone was an account I seldom use and I never would have selected that in the past.

    Now (confused yet? I hope not because it gets even better!), when I changed my phone to the setting you recommended, a MobileMe sync did not do an "Over the air" sync of the note I created on the phone. If I change the setting to "Mac" then a created note does get on over the air sync to the Reminders notes.

    Nothing went to the iPad no matter what the setting. Notes created in the note app on the iPad do not update over the air. The iPad needs to be connected to my iMac and the sync then gets done.

    My iPhone also needs to be connected to get a total sync of iPad created notes.

    Now I am under the impression that the "notes" that MobileMe is supposed to sync "over the air" are those that show up under the notes apps on the phone and iPad, not the notes folder under the Mac mail account.
  • Pappasbike Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    At this time you cannot sync ipad notes with Mobile Me accounts. Only the devices that have iOS4 can do this. You can sync those over MobileMe and back to your computer and then connect your ipad and sync the notes to it.
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    I actually said that I did not have the option of the iPhone. I only had the option of the email accounts that I have set up. I was responding to an earlier post that mentioned iPhone as the default note.

    I think you're correct that we're seeing anomaly between the iOS on the iPad and the iOS 4 on the iPhone.

    "That said, I found an anomoly. Kenneth, when you said you selected the iPhone option in settings for notes it got me thinking. I don't ever recall seeing that option. I went on my phone and sure enough there is that setting."

    Are you talking about the MobileMe Mail here? I don't have a "Reminders" mailbox.

    "To begin with, there is a distinction between the notes folder within Mac Mail and the notes which appear under the "Reminders" mailbox in Mac Mail. I use only the Reminders notes. The reason I do is because it is the only place where all notes are visible at one time regardless of the device.'
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    Where do you find the notes on the iPhone; in the Mail app or in the Notes app?

    Thanks,
    Ken

    "At this time you cannot sync ipad notes with Mobile Me accounts. Only the devices that have iOS4 can do this. You can sync those over MobileMe and back to your computer and then connect your ipad and sync the notes to it. "
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